We drove down to Melbourne over the Australian Day weekend this year and here are some of the places we ate at. The max price was $50 per person per meal.
There are two stores in Melbourne and both are not a cafe-style place. The croissants are served as takeaway or to eat on-the-go. There was a bench for everyone to stand around, if they choose to stay and eat, but only 7 people can fit comfortably. The price of Lune was reasonable, about $6 a croissant. They only do card payments, which is really good in this technology age. The service was amazing too. We definitely recommend stopping here.
The almond croissant was a delicious original croissant aux Amandes, prepared with almond frangipane, baked twice, and garnished with flaked almonds. It was soft and melted in our mouths. The outer edges had a slight crispy crunch and the almond flakes made for a more interesting texture. The powdered sugar added a touch of sweetness to a very delicious breakfast snack.
The ham & gruyere croissant, a classic ham and cheese croissant filled with shaved ham, swiss Gruyere and seeded mustard. The texture was soft with a slight outer crunch. We had this croissant while fresh and 4 hours later, and both times it still tasted amazing. It was more pricey, for $9.10 AUD, but Lune does claim the spot of 'best croissants in Melbourne' so it's worth a boujee taste.
Aww yassss, 6 donuts for $15. The one pictured is the New Zealand style fresh cream & jam donut. It is their most popular donut and it was almost sold out when we purchased it. The other flavours were apple custard, vanilla custard, golden gaytime, a chocolate one and an original.
The flavours of the donuts were quite spot-on, with a fresh and sweet filling. The donuts were fluffy and light and irresistibly delicious. We could not stop devouring them. They were much softer than Krispy Kremes and in our opinion, not as sweet, thereby, much better than Krispy Kremes. If you love donuts, like we do then you would have heard of the amazing reviews about Daniel's Doughnuts and know this place is a must try 😝.
YO! OH MY GOODNESS
Yo! is considered one of the best burger joints in Melbourne. This was their classic yo my with cheese; a patty with beef, double cheese, lettuce, tomato, ketchup and their secret sauce. It was $10 for a filling feed. The buns were soft, with no wow flavour there (we are biased to Mr Gee caramelised brioche buns in Sydney). The beef was juice and thick. The secret sauce really pulled the burger together.
We got nacho curly fries (left), which was cheese sauce, sour cream guacamole, salsa jalapenos and spring onion for $10. It was salty with a slight hit of spice, and we definitely needed the guacamole to achieve a satisfying bite. We also got curly fries (right), with their secret seasoning. They were crispy with a slight salt and chicken powder flavour.
The location of the joint was difficult to get to without our own car. We did enjoy the vibe and the scenic beach view. Overall, if we were living in the suburbs of Melbourne, we would come back.
Melbourne is famous for their brunch game so of course, some favourites were included in this post. Calia is a luxury style cafe, with dishes created by Michelin star chef Francisco Javier Araya. It is located on the sixth floor of the Lonsdale shopping complex . It is always busy, with a 2 hour wait on the weekend.
This was their matcha latte. The extra creativity placed into the cup really boosted their service. They did not overdo it on the matcha powder too, something many cafes do. And the coffee was smooth as it went down. Yum!
I ordered the sukiyaki bowl, with wagyu slices and a 63° egg. I'm a sucker for onsen eggs. I found it had a runny consistency while still retained its shape in this beautiful bowl. The wagyu was thinly sliced, dry and flavourful with the shichimi togarashi. The mirin sauce was really good with the rice.
Mick ordered the crispy roast pork bowl, made of St Bernard's free range crispy roast and a 63° egg. The pork was soft and rich with flavour, it just melted in our mouths. The skin had a nice, saucy crunch. Again, onsen egg was perfect with cold, runny consistency. Everything paired well with the rice.
HASH SPECIALTY CAFE
If you have ever been to Melbourne, you would have visited Hardware Street, famous for so many good cafes like Hardware Societe and White Rabbit. Next door to these guys is Hash Specialty cafe, a friendly and busy cafe filled with lovely staff who really know how to sell their dishes lol.
We were hungover so we only had the potato dauphine to share. It was made of curried cauliflower, kale, quinoa salad, toasted almonds, poached egg, and mignonette dressing. The egg was definitely egg porn - perfect, runny with slight buoyancy. The hollandaise sauce was not overwhelming. The other piece was soft, with a mild taste. It did well to resolve our hangovers.
This was their drink special of the day. It was a fresh, cold tea that tasted like a pina colada. The fairy floss melted away when you poured in the floral tea. It was sweet and super delicious. And the theatrics was fun too!
This is our favourite hotpot place because you get your own stone pot with two soup flavours. Our friends order with their eyes a lot so for $50 each, we were pregnant with twin food babies. There was a giant sauce table in the centre of the restaurant for eaters to mix and make as many bowls of dipping sauce needed. The quality of the meat was premium - just look at the marbling! Vegetables were fresh and vibrant. Seafood pieces did not taste frozen. The service has always been top notch and they bring out all your dishes within 10 minutes. They always have room for large parties too.
Thanks for reading our post. If you get a chance to eat at any of these places, let us know what you think. Happy eating!